Structural Design and Fabrication

Total design and fabrication is undertaken for a variety of complex structural and mechanical systems. For very large systems we often team with major industrial partners. In the civil sector, specialized support is given to large architectural and engineering firms. Particular expertise is available in the areas of underwater vehicles for both military and commercial application and of protective structures intended to contain or exclude blast loadings. Extensive use is made of computer-aided design, finite element structural analysis, and level 3 drawing facilities on all programs.

Structural Design and Fabrication offers:

  • Marine Systems
    • Total system design
    • Structural analysis
    • Quality assurance and control
  • Hyperbaric Chambers
    • Hyperbaric and hypobaric systems and facilities
    • Submersibles and habitats
  • Specialized Equipment
    • Electromechanical systems
    • Remote manipulators
    • Specialized load cells
    • Underwater workstations
    • Security devices
    • Horizontal drilling techniques
    • Remote guidance
    • Lightweight, portable excavation equipment

For more information on materials and structures, contact Dr. Ben H. Thacker, Mechanical Engineering Division, Southwest Research Institute, P.O. Drawer 28510, San Antonio, Texas 78228-0510, Phone (210) 522-3896, Fax (210) 522-6965.

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